ARTS & CULTURE
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House
75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester
Tour Beauport, the summer home of one of America’s first professional interior designers. Henry Sleeper began building in 1907, eventually enlarging the house to over forty rooms filled with a lifetime collection of period furniture, colored glass, ceramics, and architectural salvage. Decorated like stage sets, each room embodies Sleeper’s unique and whimsical style. Enjoy gardens with stunning views of Gloucester Harbor. Guided hourly tours, May 27 – October 14, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm.
Cape Ann Artisans
(978) 546 – 7582
Visit 20 unique studios during the 34th Cape Ann Artisans (CAA) self-guided Open Studios Tour. Spring dates: June 3, 4. Fall: October 7-9. Time: 10AM-5PM daily. Weave along the scenic coastline of Gloucester and Rockport. It’s a unique opportunity to meet 22 working artists in a relaxed setting. Enjoy an array of pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, mosaics and jewelry. Visit year round by appointment. CAA 3rd annual Holiday Event: Dec 1-2 in Rockport.
Cape Ann Cinema & Stage
21 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Gloucester
The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage is the premiere arthouse cinema on Boston’s North Shore, offering the latest independent and foreign films in a unique living room style setting. Bring your dinner, pair it with the Cinema’s eclectic assortment of wines and microbrews, and make a night out that you won’t forget … and will want to repeat as often as you can.
Cape Ann Museum
27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester
The Cape Ann Museum, located in the heart of downtown Gloucester, celebrates the art, history and culture of Cape Ann. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the North Shore’s major cultural institutions welcoming over 25,000 visitors each year. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, two historic homes and a sculpture park. Hours: Tue-Sat,10-5; Sun, 1-4. Closed Mondays. and major holidays.
Cape Ann Symphony
P.O. Box 1343, Gloucester
Founded in 1952, the Cape Ann Symphony brings world class musicians and soloists to Boston’s North Shore. Under the direction of Yoichi Udagawa, performances are held at the Manchester-Essex Regional High School Auditorium, located off of Route 128, Exit 15, on Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Please visit our website for concert information.
60 Spring Street, Essex
Cogswell’s Grant, established in 1636 and now a historic house museum, became the summer home of collectors Bertram and Nina Fletcher Little in 1937. The 18th century farmhouse displays their collection of American folk art. The property has been operated as a farm for nearly four centuries. Special events include Kite Day in April and the Lipizzan Stallions in September. Open for guided tours June 1 through October 15, Wed.-Sun., 11 am to 4 pm.
Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum
66 Main Street, Essex
Visit the Essex Shipbuilding Museum to learn the story of a small village developing the American Fishing Schooner. The Museum is open April through December.
Summer hours, Memorial Day to Columbus Day: Wednesday – Sunday, 10 – 5.
Winter hours, April 1 to Memorial Day, and November 1 to December 17: Saturday/
Sunday: 10 – 5 . Guided Tours: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children $5, under 5 free. Self-Guided Tours: $7.
Rocky Neck Art Colony
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester
Designated a Massachusetts Cultural District, Rocky Neck is the year-round home of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Gloucester Stage Company, the Gloucester Writer’s Center, Gloucester Marine Railways and a thriving community of artists, galleries, historic sites and eateries. Rocky Neck is accessible by car and boat, trolley and water shuttle from downtown Gloucester. Save the date for the Rocky Neck 5k: May 7
Gloucester Stage Company
267 East Main Street, Gloucester
The Gloucester Stage Company’s mission is to present professional productions of intellectually stimulating and socially relevant theater, provide a nurturing work environment in an inspirational setting for artists of exceptional talent, enrich the greater theater landscape by introducing audiences to new work, and contribute to the cultural and educational development of Cape Ann. Visit the website for show information and times.
Hammond Castle Museum
80 Hesperus Avenue, Gloucester
John Hays Hammond, Jr. built this medieval-style castle as his home. It also houses his collection of Medieval and Renaissance artifacts. John was one of America’s premier inventors- his research put forth over 400 patents and the ideas for over 800 inventions. Visitors can explore the castle on a self-guided tour. We offer educational programs and private rentals. We host many summer events including a Renaissance Fair July 15-16. Call for details. Open May – October.
Manchester Historical Museum
10 Union Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea
The Manchester Historical Museum is based in the historic Trask House which was built in 1823 by Abigail Hooper, who ran a general store there. Today the museum contains period and Manchester-made furniture, artifacts and fine art. Guided tours are available Tuesday- Friday (10-3), posted Saturdays (10-1) or by appointment. (Suggested donation of $5 per person.) The Summer Exhibit (July – September) is free to the public. To schedule an appointment or for more info call 978-526-7230 or go to manchesterhistoricalmuseum.org.
23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester
Maritime Gloucester, on Gloucester’s historic harbor, is Cape Ann’s destination for maritime fun. Glimpse the wonders of native marine life in our newly renovated aquarium, immerse yourself in maritime heritage aboard a schooner, and become a hands-on part of the working waterfront in our interactive exhibits! Hours, calendar of schooner sails, camps, programs and a listing of family-friendly events, including Labor Day’s Schooner Festival, are online at maritimegloucester.org.
North Shore Arts Association
11 Pirates Lane, East Gloucester
North Shore Arts Association, est. in 1922, occupies a beautifully unique and inspiring setting. Visitors from all over the globe come to view one of the largest and most diverse collection of fine art on Cape Ann. In addition to nationally recognized exhibits, NSAA also offers demonstrations, workshops, lectures, etc., and the Gala Annual Live Auction of Fine Art. The galleries are offered for private events- see website.
North Shore Music Theater
62 Dunham Road, North Beverly
Since 1955, with approximately 250,000 patrons annually, North Shore Music Theater (NSMT) has become one of the most attended theaters in New England. With a national and regional reputation for artistic achievement, NSMT has received numerous industry awards including Elliot Norton Awards, IRNE Awards, the Rosetta Le Noire Award from Actors’ Equity and the Moss Hart Award. NSMT produces a musical subscription series and A Christmas Carol annually, along with celebrity concerts and children’s programming.
The Paper House
52 Pigeon Hill Street, Rockport
The Paper House is a unique structure once used as the summer home of its builder, Elis Stenman. The walls and furniture are made from an estimated 100,000 newspapers, assembled over a twenty year period. This is something you must see to believe! Located in the Pigeon Cove section of Rockport, it may be a bit hard to find but worth the trip! Open from the first weekend in April through the last weekend in October.
Rockport Art Association & Museum
12 Main Street, Rockport
Founded in 1921, and located in the heart of Rockport’s Cultural District, the RAA&M has served as the cultural center for the town for almost 100 years. We offer art classes, workshops, lectures, demonstrations and other educational programs. RAA&M represents many of the finest artists in New England, and displays an extensive collection of works of art by historic Cape Ann artists. Admission is free to the multiple galleries and interior courtyard.
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street, Rockport
Rockport Music’s home, the Shalin Liu Performance Center, is an intimate, oceanfront concert hall with magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Located in the scenic seaport village of Rockport, MA, Rockport Music presents exceptional musical performances and events year round, including the acclaimed Rockport Chamber Music Festival in June and July as well as the Rockport Jazz Festival in August. Rockport Music also presents jazz, folk and world music throughout the year.
The Sargent House Museum
49 Middle Street, Gloucester
The former home of Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820), America¹s first published feminist and a Founding Mother, this elegant Georgian-style manse overlooks the harbor from atop a picturesque terraced garden. Inside, view ornate hand-carved woodwork, Federalist-period furniture, and portraits by important early American artists. See unique works by John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Murray’s great grandnephew. Visit Sargent House on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends, from Noon to 4:00 pm. Admission charged
Schooner Adventure at Maritime Gloucester
23 Harbor Loop
Sail aboard Gloucester’s flagship schooner! A National Historic Landmark and an icon of the American fisheries Adventure is a 122’ wooden dory-fishing schooner built in 1926. She is a living monument to the famous Grand Bank Gloucester fishing schooners and the intrepid fishermen that sailed them. Adventure is at the center of Gloucester’s efforts to preserve its maritime heritage. Open seasonally for educational tours, public and private day sails, functions, and special events. Memberships available.
Society for the Encouragement of the Arts on Cape Ann (seARTS)
(978) 281-1222 (messages only)
seARTS Cape Ann is a coalition of artists, cultural organizations, civic groups, art connoisseurs and businesses supporting cultural and economic development by connecting and promoting Cape Ann’s arts community. Our calendar, eblasts, community programs and other activities provide marketing and collaborative opportunities for artists and arts groups of all genres. seARTS welcomes members who share its passion for arts and culture. Sign up for our free weekly eblast, to learn more about Cape Ann arts.
Thacher Island/Twin Lights
P.O. Box 73, Rockport
Cape Ann Light Station on Thatcher Island is a National Historic Landmark. The original towers were built in 1771, among the first lights in the new nation. Maintained by the Thacher Island Assoc., it features a museum, two houses, a fog signal, 3 miles of trails and a campground. The island is open to the public from June 15 through Labor Day. A launch service operates on Wednesday and Saturday mornings and requires advanced reservations. Call 617-599-2590 after May 22.